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Brugse Zot Dubbel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

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Reviews:
47
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.93%
 
 
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Photo of benfons
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with a copper touch, very big light brown head that settles a little bit too fast

S: slightly smoky, some caramel, a hint of chocolate, grapes

T: a bitter maltiness, with a hint of caramel and chocolate

M/D: slightly alcoholic, dry, good carbonation

Pretty good, not great

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to two fingers of dense dark tan foam, you'll get a swell of larger bubbles at the spot where you pour, a little above average retention, just about the same can be said for the thin streaks of lacing. Cloudy muddy brown liquid, more yellow accents to it than orange, clearer at the rims. Spicy, peppery nose, coriander, more than enough to offset the toffee, caramel, milk chocolate component, raisin and fig scents fresh, no over-concentration, a splash of rum, earthy with a leesy edge. Medium-bodied, displays good balance, the carbonation has the right level of churn to keep things lowkey. As in the nose, drier than expected with the earth, grass, peat, charcoal flavors mingling with the rich milk chocolate, butterscotch, caramel flavors. Cherry and apple accompany the raisin, fig here. Less arch spiciness than in the nose. But, conversely more resonant orange citrus. Warming brings coffee, yeast, brazil nut notes. Again, balanced, the parts fit well together, just kinda not so interesting.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a branded chalice at De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges.

A: The beer is a cola brown color, clear on the edges, and topped with a pure tan 2 finger head with good retention.

S: Malty and fruity with a big yeast character. Dark spiced fruits.

T: Surprisingly big character here - thick big yeast profile, dark fruits all over, and slight spice. Finishes malty and spicy. Nice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a good starting head. Light does shine through although not enough to determine the clarity. No lace and the head settles to a single layer of bubbles

More alcohol is registering on this one versus their "regular". Less interesting as this masks any other aromas--like the darker malts. I cannot find any hops.

Quite sweet, but the alcohol is still the strongest element to the beer. Good mouthfeel--on the richer side. Good carbonation. Overall, probably would taste better on a cooler day (today is 90+).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinking and mild flavored Dubbel that also stays true to the style.

The pour brings a deep amber color, just shy of solid brown- chesnut or mohogany perhapse. A medium froathy pour delivers a blanket of tan-stanined head that retains and laces fairly well. Quite clear for a Dubel.

Aromas of deep toffee, plubs, dates, figs, and red grapes come to the forefront while mild chocolates, butterscotch, and cashew notes follow closely behind. A very sweet and succulent scent.

Very tasty toffees, mild chocolates, and nuttiness fuel the taste while the peripheries are decorated with plumbs/prunes, grapes/raisons, apples, and cherries- all in medium intensity and not the big flavors that are expected of the Trappist varieties. Hop flavors give a fine mint impression while the bitterness remains low.

Lighter in body, the beer continues it's conservative trend with a medium creamy texture early on and with a fleeting dryness in the end because of the alcohols and light sugar content, but without showing much grain or thinning textures.

A delicious Dubel, but the flavors and textures fall on the lighter side for the style, never mind authentic Belgian interpretations.

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Photo of bueschen
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of glasses at the brewery on a recent trip to Brugge.

A - Pours with a nice 2 inch head. Medium lacing. This beer has a deep, rich, dark, red color.

S - fairly strong yeast smell.

T - Semi bitter with a bit of yeast taste to finish.

M - Well carbonated (perhaps a bit much?) Lively mouth feel.

D - Despite the strong notes of yeast it is a nice beer. It's not overly thick or sweet. Overall it was enjoyable but I think it could be improved.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. I met some friends for drinks on the deck at Novare Res the other day and ordered this beer, as I was unaware that it existed (I was only familiar with the normal Zot). I jotted down a few impression in my notebook.

A: Dark brown, thin tan head, opaque

S: Slightly sweet, musty like a dubbel

T: Tastes a bit watery, slightly vinegary. Malty. Sharp. Tastes like a brown ale.

M: Medum body, slick coat, low carbonation. Coat is a little sweet and fruity.

D: Quite drinkable. Goes down well. Watery aspects are a plus.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice label with the jester on it. It makes for a funny beer as a gift.
The beer itself i found not too complicated. Good and undemanding. The dry finish was a good trick though...

Dark red-brown with a fluffy head.

Smell from the bottle is malts, floral garden smell, dried fruit.
Taste is hoppy and clean, with a dry finish.
The drink is warming, not too much alcohol.

The dry finish makes this brew kind of special, when you expected sweetness and fruitiness. A nice try because of this.

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Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with ruby tones to it. Has a big foamy tan head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet malt aroma with a slight metallic undertone.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet malts and has the metallic taste in the finish.

Rather full in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Decent beer. Nice drinking.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugge at the brewery.

The head is big and white, and sticks around for awhile. There is some lacing, average at best.

It tastes ok, a hint of caramel.

This is much better than the Zot blonde, but not a great Belgian beer by any means.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of light brown head on a brown body with garnet highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Strong fruity yeast character backed by dark, bready malt. Aromas of banana and fig with caramel and plum malt notes.

T - Fruity yeast hits the palate first, lots of banana and bubblegum. The malt comes out next, mostly caramel with some chocolate and plum flavors. Some spicy character appears in the finish with mild hops and notes of pepper and cloves.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, but the yeast notes become a bit cloying. There are some nice spicy notes in the finish and the malt character is nice, but not too much complexity otherwise. My biggest complaint is the excessive bubblegum character of the yeast which seems to be common to this brewery's beers. Still, it is a pleasant and fairly drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of erratic
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get a biggish 3 finger sudsy head on a nice soft pour. looks like lots of carbonation here. Color is a foggy dark red/brown. head is ivory.

Smell is clean and sweet with a hint of bitterness, bananas, spices and bready yeast.

Heavy carbonation gets in the way of the taste a little bit, but the taste is quite good. Caramel, malts, spices and fruit balance well. Not a huge flavor, but works on subtle complexity. It might just be the alcohol, but towards the end I noticed a slight minty cooling sensation

Mouthfeel is medium/full yet overly carbonated. Once it hits your tongue, bubbles explode and distract.

Drinkability suffers from the high carbonation filling me up, but the great taste helps.

I nice little find that I picked up on a trip to Belgium recently. Worth a try.

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Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dubbel. Molasses and caramel in the nose with a touch of spiciness.

Flavor is similar to the nose with the caramel/spice component being strong.

Good carbonation and very drinkable.

Recommended. Thank you Nicolas for the chance to try this. Way too easy to drink, that is for sure.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road. One of the luxuries of living in the Low Countries.

Poured into a goblet.

APPEARANCE: Huge somewhat bubbly head that's very persistent. Head goes down to a nice thick layer that sticks around until you're through. Beautiful lacing as well. Very dark brown and shows some very dark read when held to the light. I've had a good number of these dubbels and this is probably the best looking one I've seen so far.

SMELL: Sharp fruity smell and the alcohol cuts through. Some yeast as well.

TASTE: Sweetish fruity taste, some raisin is there, and some malt flavour as well. The aftertaste is stronger than the initial taste, which is somewhat lacking. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Solid.

PALATE: Mediumish body feel. Carbonation is there but not overwhelming. Goes down smooth and relatively dry. Good feel for this style.

OVERALL: Great Dubbel. The intial taste is not all that spectacular, but the rest of the experience is great. Very drinkable. A beer I could drink all night for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kleffman
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a personally hand carried bottle from Brugges, Belgium. Bought at a bottle shop after touring Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / De Halve Maan and stored for 1 year at room temperature. Bottle marked to drink by April '09.

Aroma: Slightly alcoholic, nice malt character and the typical dark fruits common to these Dubbels.

Appearance: Poured into my Brugge Zot tall glass with about a 1+ inch tan head. Great head retention, it actually never left and at the end the glass was coated in foam. Quite a dark brown beer, with hints of red.

Flavor: Raisin, prune, plum and toasty malts. Can taste the alcohol but not overpowering. Overall excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: While dry from the alcohol and possible low finishing gravity the texture of this beer is very nice coating your mouth with a smooth feeling.

Overall I loved this beer. It's much better than their pale, although I enjoyed that one both on location in Belgium as well as on draft at the Liar's Club in San Diego (how the hell does he get kegs like that!?)
This dubbel is a great example of the style though, and if you ever visit the wonderful little brewery (last remaining brewery in Brugges) you'll be a fan for life.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this while on Honeymoon in Brugge. We rode our bikes over to De Halve Maan Brewery for lunch and a beer. The cuisine was suprisingly good. The place itself smelled like my house when I brew beer, like warm wet malted barlery.

Poured into their Brugse Zot glass at the brewery.

A - Very dark dubbel, Huge head and Excellent lacing.

S - Yeast is the predominant characteristic in the aroma. Nice, but nothing else there, a little lacking.

T - Nice, clean dubbel. Yeast again is ther first thing you taste, slightly raosty and finished a bit sweet.

M - Despite nice lacing and a good head, the carbonation is not very assertive, or present at all. Slightly thick.

D - A nice, quaffable dubbel. Could use a bit more malty sweetness to balance the yeastiness. But a solid Dubbel nonetheless and an abosultely pleasure to enjoy at the brewery.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: notes 7.5% abv. and clearly notched with June 09 (sampled Feb 07). Sent to me by markmeadows57 (former BA).

Aroma: Some roasted malt, lightly perfumed alcohol and light hints of wet wood.

Appearance: Impressive head, tan and tight, held to a good half finger after a minute and left big loops of thick lace. Glass is ruby brown with back light showing excellent clarity.

Flavor: Rich rum soaked dark fruit. Figs, raisins, some toasted malt and black bready yeast. Really nice stuff

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, dry alcoholic evaporative finish

Overall Impression: Massively enjoyable. Body vanishes at the sip, but the flavor lingers on the palate. Really nice beer. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brewery in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick, brown head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving thick lace.

Smell: Some roasty malt, pepper, graininess and alcohol.

Taste: Toasty malts, light fruity sweetness with a roasty finish. Alcohol is evident, but subdued.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, a tad watery, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, but not a lot going on.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with a compact thick head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is slightly acidic, I don't know if this is ment to be like this, but together with the caramel, it smells like a red wine or like cherries. Lovely!

Taste is also somewhat acidic, not sharp, again the cherries come through and a good caramellic and chocolaty, roasted taste. The acidity give the beer it's extra depth.
I suspect it to be an infection, because the beer has a thin mouthfeel and tasted a little watery. There is also a bit too much carbonation in the beer and aftertaste is quite dry.
Nevertheless a good beer with some extra complexity.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in the proper glass a clear brown with a tannish, tall, and long lasting head which coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was nutty with a strong caramel and a toasty character. The flavor also had a lightly smoky nature. Behind the other characteristics was a light bit of Belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was nutty with a lightly corny (DMS) presence and a dark caramel character. The flavor was not sweet but had a strong malt impression with a light Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate was notable as well.

The finish was even heading into dry with a lasting chocolate and caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Not a complex beer at all, more of a tourist dubbel, but much better than their blond.

Draft at De Halve Mann in Brugge on 9/13/06, called Brugse Zot Bruin at the Brewery.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 04-09. Good presentation with lasting beige head and a beautifull clear dark mahonybrown beer. Nose is lots of caramel and even more candysugar that oversweets nose a bit. Nice eststerprofile also with good banana and ripe aple. Taste is full and strong; lots of candysugar again and maybe bit sticky with finishing roasty bitterness. Enjoyable brew but drink it quiet cold and fast as this one gets more and sticky when warming up and loosing CO2.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought this back from Belgium, straight from the brewery. I wasn't a big fan of the Pale Ale, but this was pretty good.

Dark, dark brown with a hint of orange/amber and a thick head. Great head retention - head stayed firm throughout the consumption. Very full bodied. Well-balanced taste with some light fruits, raw sugar, mild alcohol, spices, cloves.

A tasty beer and a nice example of the style. Thank you mom and dad.

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